Related MCH Library Resources
- Action for Healthy Kids. Program information and resources to help support positive changes in nutrition
and physical activity in schools. Action for Healthy Kids partners with schools
and families in every state to improve child and adolescent health and readiness
to learn through better nutrition and physical activity. Resources include
Wellness Policy Tool. An online tool that outlines a series of steps for developing, implementing, and evaluating a wellness policy that meets a local school district's unique goals for nutrition and physical activity.
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation: Healthy Schools Program. Tools, tips, and resources to implement this program aimed at preventing childhood obesity by encouraging healthy snacks and school meals and physical activity and education among students, teachers, and staff in schools. The alliance is a joint effort of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation.
Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
(AAHPERD): Let's Move in School. Program information and tools to promote this initiative aimed at helping students become more physically educated and active in school.
- American Heart Association (AHA): For the Educator. Program information, lesson plans, and physical education activities and games to teach students about the importance of nutrition and physical activity to good health. School-based programs include Jump Rope for Heart, Hoops for Heart, NFL Play 60 Challenge, Heartsaver CPR in Schools, and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Healthy Youth! Physical
Activity. Data, science-based strategies,
policy guidance, and information
about national, state, and local
programs to improve physical activity and physical
education in schools. Resources and initiatives include
Association Between School-Based Physical Activity, Including Physical Education,
and Academic Performance. (2010). [Literature review].
Information and materials for this community-based program
that aims to increase opportunities for daily physical activity by
encouraging children to walk to and from school in groups accompanied
School Health Guidelines to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity. (2011).
Index. A self-assessment and planning guide that schools
can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs
including those relevant to physical education and activity.
Also see CDC’s tobacco free sports initiatives for materials to encourage an active and tobacco-free lifestyle.
of Education (ED): Carol M. White Physical Education Program
(PEP). Information about this grant program
for local educational agencies and community-based organizations
to initiate, expand, or improve physical education programs,
including after-school programs, for children and adolescents.
- Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) Database. Information about journal articles, research reports, teaching guides, curricula,
conference papers, and books covering all aspects of education-related
issues. Search the database to identify many items about physical activity. Use the ERIC Thesaurus to inform your search by scanning the terms under the category Physical Education and Recreation. ERIC is sponsored by
the Department of Education (ED).
- Gateway to 21st Century Skills. Information about and links to educational resources from federal,
state, university, non-profit, and commercial websites. To identify
resources on the topic, enter "physical education" OR "physical activity" OR recess in the Search for field. Click on Full Text and select Keywords. Click on Find
Resources. The Gateway is sponsored by the National Education Association.
- Let's Move! Tools to help make schools healthier places to learn by providing quality nutrition,
integrating physical activity during the day, and teaching children about the
importance of embracing a healthy, active lifestyle. Let's Move! is a national initiative to address the challenge of child
and adolescent obesity.
Youth (MSY): Eat, Think, and Be Active! A curriculum designed for after-school programs to help young adolescents (ages
11 to 13) become aware of how media may influence their nutrition
and physical activity choices. MSY was
developed by the Eunice Kennedy
Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE): State School
Health Policy Database. A collection of state
laws and policies in key areas of school health. Click on View
by Topic. Scan the categories in the left sidebar and choose
a topic (e.g., Physical Education, Requirements for Physical
Educators, Requirements for Athletic Coaches, Physical Activity
Other Than Physical Education, Organized Sports, Playground/Facility Safety).
Central. Lesson and assessment ideas and instructional
resources to help children and adolescents become more physically active.
PE Central was developed by faculty and doctoral students in
Virginia Tech’s Health and Physical Education Program.
- President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (PCPFS): The President's Challenge. Fitness guides, forms, tracking software, promotion materials, and other tools for implementing this initiative to motivate students, including students with disabilities, to increase their physical activity and improve their fitness.
Routes to School (SRTS) National Partnership. Program materials, research highlights, and advocacy tools to promote the
practice of safe bicycling and walking to and from schools to
increase physical activity, reduce traffic congestion, improve
air quality, and enhance neighborhood safety. The SRTS National
Partnership is a network of more than 400 organizations, government
agencies, schools, and professionals.
Related MCH Library Resources
Physical Activity and Physical Education: School Resource Brief. (June 2011). (Updated: January 2013).
Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Library.
Reviewer: Olivia K. Pickett, M.A., M.L.S., MCH Library.
Editor: Ruth Barzel, M.A., MCH Library.